Much derided it may have been first time around, but the pontificating air of noise that was also known as shoegazing is currently undergoing a bit of a revival. One of the main purveyors has been Club AC30, and on Never Lose That Feeling #1 they veer from continent to continent to round up 16 current ethereal ambient specialists to cover a selection of classic songs from the original mainstays of the scene that celebrated itself.
As well as the seemingly obvious (Ride, My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive), it's good to see that some of the less feted but just as important artists (Pale Saints, Ultra Vivid Scene, Moose) are given a degree of recognition on this compilation, which more than does justice to the original versions on almost every track here.
Opening with American Analog Set singer Andrew Kenny's mournful interpretation of Spiritualized's 'Angel Sigh' and Danish five piece Windermere's glazy stroll through Curve's 'Coast Is Clear', the noise levels are cranked up several notches for Trouble Everyday's re-interpretation of Slowdive's previously dreamy 'When The Sun Hits', turning it into a fuzzy rollercoaster of electric shocks. Amusement Parks On Fire pretty much stick to the original blueprint with MBV's 'You Made Me Realise', but still manage to pull off the near-impossible with some aplomb, while Televise's ubiquitous take on Ultra Vivid Scene's 'The Mercy Seat' is possibly the closest you'll get to the legendary epitaph "Cathedral Of Sound".
Elsewhere, The Feeling Good Conspiracy get all hoedown-and-dirty with Swervedriver's 'Son Of Mustang Ford' and Czech duo Ecstasy Of Saint Theresa get all lounge act and melancholy on the Telescopes' 'Perfect Needle'. Vancouver's Hinterland meanwhile - not to be confused with the Nottingham power trio of the same name - get all... well, lush and dreamy on the aforementioned's 'For Love', while Echo Orbiter make Medicine's 'Never Click' sound like Babylon Zoo after a day's pedal hopping down the Sound Factory.
As compilations go, Never Lose That Feeling #1 is both gloriously unpredictable and gracefully charming in equal measures, and not only illustrates what great songs most of these were first time around but also highlights a new breed of artists unafraid of experimenting with the odd tremelo arm or two every now and then. Roll on #2.
8Dom Gourlay's Score